I resisted you as long as I could. But in the end, what choice had I? You contrived to worm a confession out of me, and won an admission in three little words.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekly prompt, which has new rules! Gone is the 333 upper word limit – we are now restricted to exactly 33 words.

You should write a creative response using the third definition of the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response must be exactly 33 words. This week’s word is:

WORM (transitive verb)

1a : to proceed or make (one’s way) insidiously or deviously<worm their way into positions of power — Bill Franzen>
b : to insinuate or introduce (oneself) by devious or subtle means
c : to cause to move or proceed in or as if in the manner of a worm
2 : to wind rope or yarn spirally round and between the strands of (a cable or rope) before serving
3 : to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of<finally wormed the truth out of him>


15 responses to “Guilty

  1. I’ve been trying to decide on what the three words were for the past five minutes. Which, to me, is a sign of remarkable writing- I love that it’s open to interpretation, while knowing you meant something specific for yourself.


  2. You always come up with one of the best entries, ahhh those three words!!


  3. I love the mystery behind letting those 3 words be up to the reader… Excellent trifecta!


  4. Nice job! I like how you don’t even have to specify what the words are… I felt it was obvious. Well done!

    Allison Katelyn @


  5. KymmInBarcelona

    I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.
    Ima hafta go to the thesaurus and look up another word for elegant. Oh, here. Christine. < 3


  6. you never, ever disappoint!
    this was just as sweet as the anticipation of those words flowing off a tongue. LOVED it.


  7. I love this, and I love the possibilities it brings to mind! You never do disappoint!


  8. Nicely done!
    I’m going to go with those three words being I Love You, and not something more sinister, though it may very well be.
    (“I finished it” referring to leftovers of the interrogators favorite dish, perhaps?)


    • *hahaha* It’s funny, while I did intend there to be a bit of mystery in there, I figured everyone would jump straight to those particular three words, which are, of course, what I meant. 🙂


  9. Lovely. A willing confession I feel.


  10. I’m taking this as implying the classic “three little words”, which makes this piece sweet. (:


  11. I love this! I was trying to think what I could do in 33 words in prose-style, and this gave me an excellent example. However, I also was impressed that it is a form of poetry anyway. I really loved that each sentence (or in sentence #3 – half a sentence) had a pattern: 8, 8, 9, 8.
    Those “three little words” was intriguing as well.
    Thanks again for your kind comment on my freshman effort of Trifecta. 🙂


  12. Lovely response to the prompt, Christine!! Thanks for linking up.


  13. I agree with the sentiment that the open interpretation bumps the piece up to the next level. I really like this.


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